Human Nutrition

Lucarotin® Beta-Carotene: An important provitamin A for health and wellbeing

Beta-carotene is the major carotenoid in the human diet widely present in fruits and vegetables. Mangoes and apricots, carrots and sweet potatoes as well as green leafy vegetables are good sources. Nature-identical beta-carotene is produced by synthesis and identical to the beta-carotene found in nature. 

In the human body, beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A and therefore called "provitamin A.” In this way, beta-carotene contributes to vitamin A supply, particularly in people that focus on plant-based diets or otherwise have a low intake of preformed vitamin A. As provitamin A, beta-carotene supports healthy growth and development, reproduction, immune function, and vision.

In recent years, health and wellness has become an important lifestyle value among global consumers as they continue to take a proactive approach to well-being. Provitamin A is of high interest as more than 75% of consumers around the globe associate Vitamin A with an immune-enhancing effect.

BASF offers a broad portfolio of nature-identical beta-carotene suitable for multiple applications.

Sources: NIH Fact Sheets for Health Professionals and for Consumers, Vitamin A (September, 2023). ""Vitamin A Market Size, Report, Statistics, Trends, Scope, & Forecast Trends By 2029 (; FMCG Gurus, Health and Wellness and Ingredient Integrity, 2024; FMCG Gurus, Top Trends 2022;

What makes BASF’s nature-identical beta-carotene an excellent choice for your products and applications?

  • Complete portfolio

    • Various formats available for use in health applications such as dietary supplements and functional nutrition
    • Dispersions, beadlets, CWD1 powders and tablet grades
  • Easy handling & processability

    • Beadlets: excellent flowability and low dusting
    • CWD powders: fast & easily dispersible, no additional equipment needed
    • Tablet grades: high stability, free-flowing, non-dusting properties and narrow particle size distribution
    • Saves time, energy and cost for more efficient production
  • High-quality ingredient

    • Trusted carotenoids supplier from Germany with decades of experience
    • Active ingredient beta-carotene complies to all relevant monographs (e.g. Ph.Eur., USP, FCC, JECFA, EU)
    • Vegetarian/vegan products available

    CWD = cold water dispersible

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BASF’s nature-identical beta-carotene is suitable for both food & beverage and dietary supplement applications

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